A High Court Judge, Sulemana Issifu has dragged Member of Parliament(MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong before the Chief Justice for threatening to deal with him (the Judge) for issuing an interlocutory injunction against him in land dispute case.
According to the Judge, it’s imperative that the lawmaker be made to face the law because “his outburst puts the sitting judge’s life in harm’s way because revulsion towards the judge may have occasioned amongst his teeming supporters”.
He further indicted that “if this matter is not addressed, I am afraid it may spur on political actors to use their influence to cower the judiciary into submission and insulate politicians from the law. This would engender hate and weaken the standing of the judiciary and cast it as a ‘white elephant’ in the eyes of many ordinary Ghanaians. Further, it would mean that ordinary people cannot seek justice from the courts against persons of Mr Agyepong’s stature and breed a culture of lawlessness amongst the populace”.
To him, “Mr Agyepong would have been fully aware of the laid down legal remedies available to him, as same may have been communicated to him by his counsel, but opted to use his influence to sway the public to his direction and to ingrain in the minds of his teeming supporters, his authority over the courts. It is my respectful view, and I hold same to be true per the contents of the video, that, he set out to desecrate the courts in a contemptuously bizarre fashion”.
He called on the Chief Justice to proffer “a strong action against Mr Agyepong is necessary to establish the independence and authority of the courts and to deter persons in future from acting in an analogous manner. Such an action will instill in the people, confidence in – and the requisite support for – the judiciary”.
Kennedy Agyapong is on record to have said that “You are a stupid judge. I will face you”.
“I am not Anas to take bribe from you,” he added in local language Twi.